I have five days and twenty two hours to go until my first planned workout of the new calender year. Now although I had said December was going to be my month off to rejuvenate and recuperate after having a bad infection, I have been fiddling with my Wii and having a blast on it. I did pull of a sixty minute Your Shape workout the other day, wow, was that intense. So, here is my plan of action for January: Now this is easier for me as I am a stay at home homeschooling Mum who also works from home, so if anyone is thinking, OMG I can't do that, I have to work, I have this, that or the other thing to do, then sit down with your own day timer, and be honest with yourself, do you sit and watch tv for more than 30 min a day? That could be your workout time! How about getting up a little earlier so you have more time! That's what I am going to do, and I stay home!!! I used to say I don't have the time to exercise, I don't have the energy, I am sooooo tired, in too much pain, etc, then I found out first hand, that when you exercise, you do end up having more energy, it's not just something they tell you to try and coax you to do it, it's actually true!!! Ok so I digressed, here's my January plan of action:Saturdays are my days off, lets be clear on this, I will be tracking my foods on Saturdays only, no exercise, and I can eat what I feel like, no restrictions, so if I want pizza or cake, I will have it. Our bodies need a day off to recoup and recover. Start your plan of action by picking what day would be your best day to have as your "free day".Sunday Jan 2nd is my start day, now with it being a weekend, it's going to be my lazy start to the day day... in other words, my planned workout session is for 830am in the morning. Weekdays however will be at 5:30am!Exercise Routine:Jan 2 - 7 - I will do 30 min weight loss workout with Your Shape in the morning. Jan 9 - 14 - I will do 45 min weight loss workout with Your Shape in the morning - I will add 15 min core body work Sun, Tues, Thurs - I will add 15 min leg & arm work Mon, Wed, Friday - Wednesdays when it's the Homeschool Gym day, I will also power-walk around the building for a distance of 2 miles while the girls are doing their gym program. Jan 16 - 21 - I will do 60 min weight loss workout with Your Shape in the morning - I will do 15 min core body work Sun, Tues, Thurs - I will do 15 min leg & arm work Mon, Wed, Friday - I will add 30 min of Yoga on Mondays - Wednesdays powerwalk 2 miles Jan 23 - 28 - I will do 60 min weight loss workout with Your Shape in the morning - I will do 15 min core body work Sun, Tues, Thurs - I will do 15 min leg & arm work Mon, Wed, Friday - I will do 30 min of Yoga on Mondays - Wednesdays powerwalk 2 miles - I will add 30 min of Wii Fit activity Sun- Fri at 9:30pmNutritional Goals:This is what I am tracking on SP. Values are per day.Calories 1000 - 1400 Fat 15 - 45 gramsCarbs 200 - 350 grams (hard to keep low due to vegetarian proteins being all carb based)Protein 45 - 125 gramsWater 8 cups, which is 2LOther Routines: - I will track all foods, drinks, water, exercise on Sparkpeople daily. - I will after doing my morning exercise, do 30 minutes of meditation, and 30 min of some form of personal spiritual work. - I will work on my Relaxation Therapy course on Mon, Wed & Fridays. - I will do a daily rune draw and tarot draw for one of my SP teams I am on. - I will read my SP emails and check in with each team daily. - I will use the daily SP journal email and online journal to write my thoughts down. - I will undertake to learn more about nutrition, health, and wellness and be mindful and share what I learn freely and widely by blogging frequently. - I will do my very best, and not stop just because I think I have "done enough"... I am learning to hold myself accountable. - I will be mindful about my biting my nails and do my best to stop this habit! These are my goals for January. It might seem like a lot, but it's not really. I know I can do this. I know my body can do this. I know I am going to feel this too. And I welcome that openly as it means I am getting somewhere, and getting healthier and stronger, leaner and sexier, happier too, and that's what counts! Now a few things to mention, Your Shape for the Wii has a few features I am fiddling with. I like the fact I can just click on the stand my avatar is on to do a weightloss workout, I also like that I can tell it that I am going to use a step, stability ball and/or weights if I want to, and it incorporates those into the routine! I am using for January the Step I have. I will add the ball mid month, and when I have clearance from my chiropractor/acupuncturist I will be adding weights into the routine also. The strength training is also being done on Your Shape as it gives you options of what part of the body to work on and for what result. I like that. The Wii Fit I have found so far to be too stop and go vs continual motion, so I think as it is more a fun workout routine, it would be good for me to use for my night time cardio routine. Lighter to do than Your Shape (from what I see so far) although not necessarily easy at that time of night! But this way I will have that increased caloric burn off while sleeping, and not to mention sleep better!!!! So there we have it, my plan of action for January. And I do want to state a longer term goal for this year, I am going to research and find both 5k and 10k marathons, where you can walk, jog or run, or a combination thereof and enter and participate! Just saying I am going to do this feels good, knowing I could already pull off a 5k walk without any issues brings tears to my eyes as I know what that means for me personally, I am finally believing in myself, and proud of myself for what I have accomplished so far! What's your plan? What do you feel you can do? Want to share it with me so we can do this together as a team, supporting each other! Love, Light and Laughter.Julie
14 days ,The Triple C & Accountability!
Posted on December 18, 2010 9:11 AM 14 daysor 359 hoursor 21588 minutesor 1295293 secondsTake your pick of how you look at time, but I have that much time until my next official workout. I have been off the proverbial wagon so to speak since mid October when I was stricken with a nasty tooth ache, have you ever bent over or tried to jog or walk really fast with a bad tooth? Not fun. So I battled one infected tooth, had it pulled, was on penicillin for 10 days.. just as I am getting through that, bang, there goes another one! New set of antibiotics, another tooth pulled!For me when I am sick or in pain, I crave the worst thing for me, the Triple C as I call it - Chips, Chocolate & Coke. Nasty formular.. I was basically sitting in bed for a month, nursing a very painful face, and munching on the three C's... I know it's the worst thing I could have done, but so be it.. So a month of the Triple C, no exercise, and I really didn't put that much weight back on surprisingly... just 4lbs. Considering the junk I was eating I am really surprised! So, why is my next official workout two weeks away. I decided to let my body heal, rest, recoup, recover, and get my mind around the fact that on January 2nd 2011 I am restarting my workout and eating program. I am still use my shakes in the morning and at night after all have to keep some semblance of sanity in my diet at least, especially as it is the holiday "stuff your face" season. Example: I made home made marzipan, it's yummy, right out of the bowl in the fridge... hope I have enough left for the cake! I digress....So, Yule, this year we decided to spend most of our gift money on a family gift, it's a first, but the kids are old enough now to make these kinds of decisions too. We collectively decided to get a Wii and each of us a game. So I not being much of a gamer decided to opt for healthy and got Wii Fit Plus, then a friend sold me her Your Shape as well, Bonus! So although I am not going to "work out" on it officially until January 2nd, I am of course going to play with it so I can create and design my new routines, which will be exciting and get me even more ready for my start date! So I have set my restart date, and by restarting I also mean, 2 tsp of sugar in my tea vs the 6 I am back up to, tracking all my foods and drinks and exercise on SparkPeople, drinking my water, and participating on SparkPeople and Blogging my journey, making new recipes, and doing daily spiritual activities too (no I am not about to start preaching!), so it's not just restarting, it's a reconfiguration of my life! A renewal of the renewal of myself, a rededication of myself to mySelf. It truly is all encompassing! And guess what, I am Excited!!!!Retrospectively speaking, I had been beating myself up a bit over the past few months, my drive for my goals waned, my commitment to my plan of action fizzled out here and there, and I was starting to get bored. So I am thinking that perhaps this is truly the key, if you are finding that you are getting bored, tired, and slacking off and feeling guilty about it like I was, try taking a break and setting a new start date, just make it a long enough that you have time to reflect, plan, and tell people, and get something new to workout with, wear or whatever, something that adds some anticipation and excitement! Then tell everyone who is supportive of your new plan of action, write it down where it is seen by someone other than yourself, find someone to help keep you accountable, even if it is something as simple as posting it as a status on Facebook or Sparkpeople saying I start exercising again on ____date____... and that you will tell your FB/SP friends how you did that day doing it. You might be surprised how many FB friends pay attention to what you are doing. (SP is full of people who are doing the same thing , losing weight and getting healthy, so they are there already for a reason, where as FB is not designed that way. So it's neat) I know, I get periodic emails from FB friends congratulating me on my weight loss, or asking for help as they want to do the same thing too... It makes a difference for yourself and others. If I can do this, so can you, and then pay it forward yourself and show others that they can do it also. So this post is a bit of a ramble, I am excited, can you tell! Truly I am... So I am putting it out there, this is my accountability statement: "On January 2nd 2011 I start fresh again, with new goals, a new vision board (which I am going to make before then), new perspectives, new workout routine, but also combine this with forgiveness for taking the time for myself for a change, and acceptance of who and what I am"
If you want an accountability partner, feel free to contact me!